After qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Salford School of Physiotherapy in September 1982, David started his career at Ancoats Hospital in Manchester. After two years as a Basic Grade Physiotherapist, he was offered a position at the Beaumont Hospital in Bolton to establish a Sports Injury Clinic in the evenings. This gave him an early introduction into the injuries sustained in numerous sports - table tennis to rugby, skateboarding to soccer. It was at this point he had to make a decision on whether to continue with his own sporting career in rugby union or continue his development as a Chartered Physiotherapist in Sports Medicine. On choosing the latter option, he obtained a Senior 2 post at Ancoats Hospital in Out Patients and Orthopaedics and within two years was offered the Superintendent Physiotherapist Post at the Beaumont Hospital, even though he was only 25 years old, which he accepted.

In developing the Out Patient Services at the Beaumont, David took on the post of Chartered Physiotherapist to Leigh Rugby League Club where he worked for four years. In this post, he gained much valuable experience on the treatment of acute and chronic injury, working with very limited resources. During this time, even though Leigh were a second division team, he was offered and accepted the post of Chartered Physiotherapist to the Great Britain Rugby League Team, touring New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in the summer of 1990. On his return from the trip, he took up the post of Superintendent Physiotherapist at Fairfield Independent Hospital, St Helens to develop a new rehabilitation centre for professional and amateur, sportsmen and women. At the same time, he made the move from Leigh to their great rivals, Wigan Rugby League Club, which coupled with the international post took him to various parts of the world to be involved in all of the games' domestic and international fixtures for the next 3 years. He toured Australia with the Great Britai

Table of Contents

Preface; Medical team structure; Avoid injury if possible; Down man on the field; Care of the acute injury; Care of the chronic injury; Related issues and lower limb injuries in soccer; Related issues and upper limb injuries in rugby; Functional rehabilitation of the injured player; Index


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